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Futon Beds – Mixing A Sofa And Bed For Ultimate Convenience

By Gloria Michaels

Futon beds are perfect for students living in dorm rooms, single people in cramped apartments and homes, and for kids – and they can also find a spot in the den as an extra bed for sleepovers and unexpected guests during the holidays.

Futons resemble sofa beds in a few ways, but they are much more compact and easier to set up. Not only that, but they are a lot easier on the wallet. The futon itself serves as a sofa or a couch when the bed is not in use.

Most dorm rooms or apartments for students are small and serve the purpose of just sleeping, eating and showering. Since there is limited space in these living quarters, futon beds serve double duty as providing a place to sit and relax as well as a spot for sleeping. They are extremely popular with the college crowd for these reasons – and because college kids are still “kids” – it is a good choice as an inexpensive piece of furniture that can handle a harsh beating under the wrong conditions – kids living on their own, unsupervised. Most are so cheap that if they last just a few semesters, your money was well spent.

You can easily turn a one-bedroom apartment into a two-bedroom apartment by placing a futon bed in the living room. When you live in an apartment, you’re always on the prowl for inexpensive and compact pieces of furniture. They fit the bill perfectly.

If you have guests, then, voila! It lets out easily for your guest to lounge in for a little rest and relaxation.

Optimally, you want to buy your bed pre-assembled, but this is often not the case. Nevertheless, a screwdriver and a bit of know-how around the tool box are about all you’ll need to easily assemble your bed right out of the box. They typically come with a futon mattress, although some do not and you might need to purchase it separately. Look for them with plush mattresses that can stand up to being folded (and then sat on) repeatedly. You can find futon beds at most furniture stores, big box retailers, and online. Many online retailers will offer you great deals – and some of them will even ship them free to your location. When purchasing your bed, be sure to look for one that is solidly constructed and that features easy set up instructions.

If you need to sleep in a comfortable way, consider futons for your next furniture purchase.

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Michaels, Gloria "Futon Beds – Mixing A Sofa And Bed For Ultimate Convenience." Futon Beds – Mixing A Sofa And Bed For Ultimate Convenience. 11 Jul. 2010. 8 Oct 2014 <>.

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